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UK regulator reports Air Peace over alleged safety violations

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The United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA) has reported Nigeria’s Air Peace to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) for allegedly violating aviation safety regulations. This comes just three months after Air Peace began operating its Lagos-London route.

The UK CAA has sent two mandatory occurrence reports concerning Air Peace, which have now been forwarded to the NCAA. The complaints were detailed in a letter titled "United Kingdom SAFA Ramp Inspection Report" (reference number: CAA-UK-2024-0217) and "NATS Management System Safety Report."

In response, the NCAA has requested clarification from Air Peace on the issues raised. The NCAA’s letter, with reference number NCAA/DOLTS/APL/Vol.11/03624, was titled "United Kingdom SAFA Ramp Inspection Report," dated May 14, 2024, and signed by NCAA General Manager of Operations, O.O. Lawani.

The NCAA highlighted concerns from the UK CAA about the lack of operational approval for Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) functions, which are critical for the safe operation of the aircraft. The UK CAA noted that the flight captain admitted to using an EFB for navigation without proper mounting devices, charging points, or battery backups.

Air Peace recently started its service to London Gatwick from Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos under the Bilateral Air Services Agreement between Nigeria and the UK.

Attempts to reach Air Peace spokesperson Stanley Olisa for comments were unsuccessful at the time of reporting.

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